Tens of thousands of people marched through Moscow on Sunday of last week following the murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.
The protest was originally called against president Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. Marchers chanted “Russia without Putin”.
Nemtsov’s killer remains unknown. Putin’s allies had demonised him because of his opposition to the wars in Ukraine and Chechnya.
As governor of Nizhny Novogorod region in 1991, Nemtsov pushed through free market “shock therapy”.
He was deputy prime minister during Boris Yeltsin’s corrupt presidency. Nemtsov was forced to resign after the 1998 financial crash.
This reflects tensions in the Russian ruling class. Protesting against the war in Russia is getting harder as Putin cracks down on dissent.
The Nemtsov protest shows it’s still possible. But it will take workers’ struggle to beat the regime and the oligarchs.